Before parting with any money, it’s advisable to have a look around at What other companies have to offer. The only problem is, with so many ADI training providers out there, it’s often difficult to decide which one to choose. The following is an essential guide of 12 things to look out for and the questions you should always ask each Provider when finding out what they have to offer. If you have any doubts about the training being offered, or indeed the trainer delivering your training, then it may be best to trust your instincts to look elsewhere.
Never choose an ADI Training provider based on price alone more often than not, you’ll end up paying far more in the long run by needing to find a second provider to help you get through the Part 3 examination.
These questions and explanations, we have provided our responses –this should help you make an effective comparison when researching the best provider for you. If you have any questions, please contact us. The company details are on the last page.The Official Register of Driving Instructor Training (ORDIT) contains a list of ADI trainers that have been fully inspected by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), and have satisfied the training standards required. So make sure the company you choose and their trainer is ORDIT Registered!
For more information on ORDIT and to access the full register. Visit the following link on the Department for Transport’s Website: http://www.dft.gov.uk/fyn/ordit.php
Many will disguise the fact that they’ll tie you in to a lengthy contract to work solely for them when you pass, so be careful! Remember, once you sign a legally binding contract, you must fulfil your end of the deal, and if later down the line you change your mind about working for the company you have trained with ( worse still they don’t provide you with sufficient work to cover your franchise fees and earn a decent living), it’ may be too late.
Be aware that cheap training may be offered by trainers who have little experience in the field of Driving Instructor Training. Its specialised training and a good driving instructor won’t necessarily be a good driving instructor trainer. You will be investing a lot of money in your new career and you need to find a trainer who knows what they’re doing, is confident they can get you through the tests and will train you to be a great instructor. It’s highly unlikely you’ll find good trainers offering their services at Knock down prices.
You are free to work for whoever you choose once qualified, or even startup your own business. In addition, we have managedto strike a balance between offering this professional servic and valuable extras at an affordable price.
Be wary of companies who only accept full course payment up front.If you enter into a credit agreement to pay for the whole course, make sure you are aware of the interest charges before you sign the contract and also make sure you have the means to pay back the loan.
Look for a course which enables you to pay as you train. This means you can progress through your course at a pace to suit your learning and your budget. Also, the advantage of paying in instalments or a pay as you learn option is that you have your options clear should you need a break from training, or indeed if you want to change your provider if they aren’t living up to their promises.
We offer trainees a range of flexible payment options. Although you can pay in full if you so desire, most choose to pay in instalments or take our ‘pay as go option.
We are also registered training providers under the government’s Professional & Career Development Loans (PCDL) scheme. With the first 12 months payment for you to finance the course, Without the high interest rates of some companies. For further information on Professional & Career Development Loans, visithttps://www.gov.uk/career-development-loans/overview If your personal circumstances change at any point and you decide to stop training through choice, or for reasons beyond your control, make sure you can claim a refund for the training you haven’t received. Always make sure you read the terms and conditions of the training agreement to ensure that if you are unsuccessful at any part of the qualifyingprocess which prevents you from carrying on with your training, you are entitled to a refund for the remainder of the training you haven’t received.
We will provide you with full terms and conditions to read and take away before you make any decisions. Active Driving Solutions operate a fair refund policy which ensures you won’t be left out of pocket should you need (for whatever reason), to cease your training.
Helping you to improve your driving, and training you to become a driving instructor, are practical skills that we believe should always take place in the car, not in a classroom.
Be very wary of courses providing a proportion of your training in the classroom, especially at the Part 2 or 3 stage. This is just a way for the company to make savings – it’s significantly cheaper for them to have 20 students in a classroom with one trainer than it is for the 20 students to be out on road with 20 trainers.
Apart from your 1½ hours of Part 1 Hazard Perception Training (for which we use the office computer), all of your training will be conducted in the car.
Some training providers advertise cheap training courses with all sorts of special offers to hook you in, be wary of any “catches”. Why is the Training so Cheap? Question the quality of training that’s on offer.
Cheap training providers will ensure that they make their money from you somehow after all, there’s no such thing as a free lunch! So first, make sure that the training provider you choose will allow you to decide your career path following qualification. If you have current work or personal commitments, You may need to arrange around these. Make sure you choose a training provider who can offer you the flexibility you need, Available training at the weekends. Be aware that if you are training around current commitments, it may take you more time to qualify.
Individual training sessions need to be of at least 2 to 3 hours for you to gain the most benefit from the lesson. When looking for an intensive style course. Consider your maximum concentration time before you begin to tire this can vary from person to person.
Ask how frequent your training sessions will be. Long gaps in between lessons can be detrimental, especially with Part 3 training. At least 3 hours in car Part 3 training per week is recommended.
You will be spending a lot of time in the car with your trainer and will be important you that you get on well with them. You will learn much better if you have a good rapport, with your training and feel that your trainer and you enjoy the experience, and he listens to you and reassures and builds you confidence your own abilities.
Meeting your trainer will also give you the opportunity to ask what Grade they are. All driving instructors are graded 1‐6*. Instructors currently on the register are Grade 6 ADIs, so ideally this is the grade of trainer you would want.
Be wary if the only person you meet before signing a contract. This may be a sales person, they can be quite convincing. Walk away and think about your options before deciding on which provider you feel matches your needs best. #As of 7th April 2014, the grading system was replaced with simple Grade A, Grade B and Fail descriptors. Make sure your trainer is a Grade A if they were assessed after 7th April 2014. ADI Training is not required to have any other qualification other than to be a Approved Driving Instructor. The ORDIT register is currently voluntary, so before signing onto any course you really should check out the credentials of your trainer.
Ask what extra qualifications they have. Any decent trainer will endeavour to keep up to date, and always looking to expand on their skills and teaching methods. The industry is constantly changing and your trainer has to be one step or several steps beyond the minimum requirement for the industry.
It has been estimated that less than 10% of those starting out on an ADI Training ever go on to qualify due to poor training It’s a startling statistic; therefore it is essential that you choose a provider who has an excellent success rate? Remember! You only get three opportunities to pass each of the Part 2 and 3 tests. So each attempt should not be taken lightly. You need to ensure that you are fully prepared to have the best chance of passing the tests on the first attempt.
After you qualifying as an Approved Driving Instructor, you will find that you may what to learn how to run you’re your own business. To learn about how to run your business and how to deal with your pupils. But without help, this can often be by trial and error? Some of the things you learn this way may not necessarily be correct.
Your chosen training provider should be able to provide you with any additional training you feel you may need in the future. Offer structured Standards Check assessment and development? Training which you may want during your first year as an Instructor? The DVSA will conduct regular Standards Checks throughout your career to ensure that you still make the grade!
It’s strongly recommended that you speak to and visit a few different providers so you can compare their services. Asking the questions in this guide will help you decide who you wish to train with, and could save you from making the wrong decision, saving you time and money!
This guide has been written because of the many people that have been ask there opinion and have been sorely let down by training providers. Either they felt the offer on the table was too good to miss, Or that the high price meant they were getting quality training. In both circumstances, they usually found the standard of training to be poor, and they would have been one of the thousands of people who fail to qualify as driving instructors had they not read this guide.
If after comparing us to other training providers, you do decide to train with The Stirling Driving Company Please feel free to call with any questions you may have, with your training. And if find that you’re chosen provider isn’t giving you what they promised, or you feel you need a second opinion or a different approach, we will gladly help out!